Synopses & Reviews
Here’s the practical, pocket-sized reference for IT professionals who administer and support Windows Server 2008. Designed for quick referencing, this portable guide covers all the essentials for performing everyday system administration tasks. Written by an award-winning author of more than two dozen computer books, this guide puts expert installation, migration, administration, and troubleshooting advice right at your fingertips. You’ll discover how to manage workstations and servers, use Microsoft Active Directory directory service, create and administer user and group accounts, manage files and directories, back up and recover data, and use TCP/IP, WINS, and DNS for network administration. Featuring quick-reference tables, concise lists, and step-by-step instructions, this handy, one-stop guide provides fast, accurate answers on the spot—whether you’re at your desk or in the field.
About the Author
William R. Stanek has 20 years of hands-on experience with advanced programming and development. He is a leading technology expert and an award-winning author. Over the years, his practical advice has helped millions of programmers, developers and network engineers all over the world. He has written more than two dozen computer books. Current or forthcoming books include Microsoft Windows® XP Professional Administrator's Pocket Consultant, Microsoft Windows 2000 Administrator's Pocket Consultant, Second Edition, and Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003 and IIS 6.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments; Introduction; Who Is This Book For?; How This Book Is Organized; Conventions Used in This Book; Other Resources; Support; Windows Server 2008 Administration Fundamentals; Chapter 1: Windows Server 2008 Administration Overview; 1.1 Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista; 1.2 Getting to Know Windows Server 2008; 1.3 Networking Tools and Protocols; 1.4 Domain Controllers, Member Servers, and Domain Services; 1.5 Name-Resolution Services; 1.6 Frequently Used Tools; Chapter 2: Deploying Windows Server 2008; 2.1 Server Roles, Role Services, and Features for Windows Server 2008; 2.2 Full-Server and Core-Server Installations of Windows Server 2008; 2.3 Installing Windows Server 2008; 2.4 Managing Roles, Role Services, and Features; Chapter 3: Managing Servers Running Windows Server 2008; 3.1 Performing Initial Configuration Tasks; 3.2 Managing Your Servers; 3.3 Managing System Properties; 3.4 Managing Dynamic-Link Libraries; Chapter 4: Monitoring Processes, Services, and Events; 4.1 Managing Applications, Processes, and Performance; 4.2 Managing System Services; 4.3 Event Logging and Viewing; 4.4 Monitoring Server Performance and Activity; 4.5 Tuning System Performance; Chapter 5: Automating Administrative Tasks, Policies, and Procedures; 5.1 Understanding Group Policies; 5.2 Navigating Group Policy Changes; 5.3 Managing Local Group Policies; 5.4 Managing Site, Domain, and Organizational Unit Policies; 5.5 Maintaining and Troubleshooting Group Policy; 5.6 Managing Users and Computers with Group Policy; Chapter 6: Enhancing Computer Security; 6.1 Using Security Templates; 6.2 Using the Security Configuration Wizard; Windows Server 2008 Directory Services Administration; Chapter 7: Using Active Directory; 7.1 Introducing Active Directory; 7.2 Working with Domain Structures; 7.3 Working with Active Directory Domains; 7.4 Understanding the Directory Structure; Chapter 8: Core Active Directory Administration; 8.1 Tools for Managing Active Directory; 8.2 Using the Active Directory Users And Computers Tool; 8.3 Managing Domain Controllers, Roles, and Catalogs; 8.4 Managing Organizational Units; 8.5 Managing Sites; 8.6 Maintaining Active Directory; 8.7 Troubleshooting Active Directory; Chapter 9: Understanding User and Group Accounts; 9.1 The Windows Server 2008 Security Model; 9.2 Differences Between User and Group Accounts; 9.3 Default User Accounts and Groups; 9.4 Account Capabilities; 9.5 Using Default Group Accounts; Chapter 10: Creating User and Group Accounts; 10.1 User Account Setup and Organization; 10.2 Configuring Account Policies; 10.3 Configuring User Rights Policies; 10.4 Adding a User Account; 10.5 Adding a Group Account; 10.6 Handling Global Group Membership; Chapter 11: Managing Existing User and Group Accounts; 11.1 Managing User Contact Information; 11.2 Configuring the Users Environment Settings; 11.3 Setting Account Options and Restrictions; 11.4 Managing User Profiles; 11.5 Updating User and Group Accounts; 11.6 Managing Multiple User Accounts; 11.7 Troubleshooting Logon Problems; 11.8 Viewing and Setting Active Directory Permissions; Windows Server 2008 Data Administration; Chapter 12: Managing File Systems and Drives; 12.1 Managing the File Services Role; 12.2 Adding Hard Disk Drives; 12.3 Working with Basic and Dynamic Disks; 12.4 Using Basic Disks and Partitions; 12.5 Managing Existing Partitions and Drives; Chapter 13: Administering Volume Sets and RAID Arrays; 13.1 Using Volumes and Volume Sets; 13.2 Improving Performance and Fault Tolerance with RAIDs; 13.3 Implementing RAID on Windows Server 2008; 13.4 Managing RAIDs and Recovering from Failures; 13.5 Managing LUNs on SANs; Chapter 14: Managing File Screening and Storage Reporting; 14.1 Understanding File Screening and Storage Reporting; 14.2 Managing File Screening and Storage Reporting; Chapter 15: Data Sharing, Security, and Auditing; 15.1 Using and Enabling File Sharing; 15.2 Configuring Standard File Sharing; 15.3 Managing Share Permissions; 15.4 Managing Existing Shares; 15.5 Configuring NFS Sharing; 15.6 Using Shadow Copies; 15.7 Connecting to Network Drives; 15.8 Object Management, Ownership, and Inheritance; 15.9 File and Folder Permissions; 15.10 Auditing System Resources; 15.11 Using, Configuring, and Managing NTFS Disk Quotas; 15.12 Using, Configuring, and Managing Resource Manager Disk Quotas; Chapter 16: Data Backup and Recovery; 16.1 Creating a Backup and Recovery Plan; 16.2 Backing Up Your Data: The Essentials; 16.3 Performing Server Backups; 16.4 Managing Encryption Recovery Policy; 16.5 Backing Up and Restoring Encrypted Data and Certificates; Windows Server 2008 Network Administration; Chapter 17: Managing TCP/IP Networking; 17.1 Navigating Networking in Windows Server 2008; 17.2 Networking Enhancements in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008; 17.3 Installing TCP/IP Networking; 17.4 Configuring TCP/IP Networking; 17.5 Managing Network Connections; Chapter 18: Administering Network Printers and Print Services; 18.1 Managing the Print Services Role; 18.2 Getting Started with Print Management; 18.3 Installing Printers; 18.4 Configuring Printer Properties; 18.5 Configuring Print Server Properties; 18.6 Managing Print Jobs on Local and Remote Printers; Chapter 19: Running DHCP Clients and Servers; 19.1 Understanding DHCP; 19.2 Installing a DHCP Server; 19.3 Configuring DHCP Servers; 19.4 Managing DHCP Scopes; 19.5 Managing the Address Pool, Leases, and Reservations; 19.6 Backing Up and Restoring the DHCP Database; Chapter 20: Optimizing DNS; 20.1 Understanding DNS; 20.2 Configuring Name Resolution on DNS Clients; 20.3 Installing DNS Servers; 20.4 Managing DNS Servers; 20.5 Managing DNS Records; 20.6 Updating Zone Properties and the SOA Record; 20.7 Managing DNS Server Configuration and Security; About the Author;